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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 5, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Amoral – In Sequence (Imperial Cassette) Beacon – Escapements (Ghostly International) Breakbot – Still Waters (Ed Banger Records) Burnt Palms – Back On My Wall (We […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 29, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Aubrie Sellers – New City Blues (Aubrie Sellers Music) Avantasia – Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast) Basement – Promise Everything (Run For Cover Records) — Dan H. […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 22, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Abbath – Abbath (Season of Mist) Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Arc (Bandcamp) The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum (Jagjaguwar) Borknagar – Winter Thrice (Century […]


A little later than usual, here’s our Q4 mixtape for 2015, kicking off the new year with a pick of some of the best music released in the final three months of last year. Some of the below mentioned artists featured as part of our year-end staff and user features, and the individual tracks can be heard below the […]


I’ve been mulling a review of David Bowie’s most recent album, Blackstar, which, if you’re reading this, no doubt you’ve realized was released mere days before his passing on January 10th. He died in peace, surrounded by family, so we’re told by his publicist. Could there be a better way to go for a man who […]


I’ve occasionally come across a particular notion in the music community that the more we listen to the more we build expectations, higher and higher until the bar’s raised unattainably high and we in turn forget what it’s like for that threshold to be met in the first place. I’ve never explicitly agreed with this thought because […]


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From an editorial standpoint, the Year-End features are a lot of fun, despite the hectic scheduling and frenetic coordinating necessary to ensure we meet our [perpetually-malleable] deadlines. This is especially true for the Users’ Year-End list, which requires me to rely on the site’s contributing contingent to create the blurbs that complement each album in the feature. […]


I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found late December/early January to be a dead zone for music.  Aside from a few stray finds, it’s typically just a time for me to reflect upon the previous year, look at others’ year-end favorites, and see if I can augment my musical collection with their discoveries. […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Intronaut – The Direction Of Last Things [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Love it or hate it, progressive metal is a tough genre to tackle because it takes true skill to balance technicality and emotion. At the same time, it’s another skill to make it sound completely engaging even when it’s nothing […]


Oh, you thought this was going to be the Top Ten LPs of 2015 feature? It’s okay. You can come back tomorrow (maybe) for the 10-1 LPs. –Jom 10 (tie). Foreign Fields – What I Kept in Hiding [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] 10 (tie). Plini – The End of Everything [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] It took me a long time to come around to Choose Your Weapon. Even as an avid fan of their debut, the follow-up is incomparably perplexing. Every time you start to wrap your head around the groove, tracks […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird Is Home [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Despite expanding his sound to fill a much broader scope, Kristian Matsson’s fourth full length shares a vital component with its predecessors: an unmistakable feeling of connection with the listener. Deemed his most […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Dance Gavin Dance – Instant Gratification [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Holy shit. Hooooooooooooooooooly shit, you guys. Just picture me, sitting here, profound grin across my face as I read every single comment about Bring Me The Horizon coming in at #42… Let’s just say I’m truly thankful to be able to join […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Cult Leader – Lightless Walk [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] In 2012, I felt a renewed faith in “heavy” music. When Gaza dropped No Absolutes In Human Suffering, it was refreshing, to say the least. Three years later, Cult Leader have risen from the ashes and released an album mired in […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Fightstar – Behind the Devil’s Back [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Following a surprise hiatus and the ongoing reunion rumors of front-man Charlie Simpson’s seemingly buried boy-band past, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that 2009’s superb Be Human would be Fightstar’s swan song. However, the English post-hardcore, come-alternative metal quartet […]


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